Impact Litigation Project

Grant Details

Grantee Name:
 Human Rights Foundation - Impact Litigation
 Human Rights Foundation
Country: USA (Global)

Project Name:
 Human Rights Foundation - Impact Litigation
Funding Year:
Project period: 3 years

Human Rights Foundation - Impact Litigation

In authoritarian regimes, legal proceedings are a mere formality and courts are enforcers of discretionary rules used to harass, jail, convict, and impose arbitrary sanctions against critics of the regime. Those imprisoned for criticizing the regime have little recourse, as any judicial remedies involve appealing to the government-controlled courts that imprisoned them, to begin with. Dissidents, journalists, and public intellectuals operating in authoritarian regimes face this reality daily and find themselves targeted by governments and public officials who use criminal charges that bear heavy fines or prison sentences as a penalty for exercising basic freedoms. HRF is fighting the practices of these regimes by exposing their human rights abuses and submitting emblematic cases of arbitrarily imprisoned dissidents and pro-democracy activists to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD), the most prestigious semi-judicial body of the United Nations system. Over the course of this three-year project, HRF is planning to file 30 cases with UNWGAD.

Read more about our partnership with HRF here.

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